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Irresponsible use of social media

Published:Friday | March 17, 2017 | 3:00 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:

In recent times, social media has become inundated with extremely graphic content, including videos and images of persons who have met their untimely demise or other content that is quite disturbing.

There is no sense of decency or tact that is displayed by persons sharing such offensive content. Did they even stop for a second to think about how the families of these victims feel when such devastating images are circulated on social media? The irresponsible use of social media has caused many of us to be very discourteous.

At the rate at which dispa-raging content has immersed social media, there needs to be a tutorial to guide people how to properly use it. Instead of grabbing your phone to video someone fighting, try to break up the fight, or get help from anyone who is capable of assisting. Instead of videoing someone in a car accident taking their very last breath, call an ambulance or seek immediate assistance.

Instead of posting discriminating memes to ridicule people and belittle their sense of well-being, show a little courtesy and respect. We cannot continue to inappropriately use social media and believe that it should be acceptable.

We should not allow ourselves to become so ostentatiously caught up in social media and controlled online content. Greater responsibility and tact need to be demonstrated by social media users when posting content. Social media can be fun, but it should also be conscientious.

O'NEIL D. PHIPPS

drphippsfortis@gmail.com